1. Which ministry launched the Kartavya portal?
A. Ministry of Human Resource Development
B. Ministry of Defense
C. Ministry of Home Affairs
D. Ministry of Water Power
2. In which state the Shipping Ministry has approved Loktak Inland Waterways project?
3. Writer and broadcaster, Clive James, known around the world for his dry wit, has died recently. He was from:
D. New Zealand
4. Which one of the following options is incorrect in the context of Jnanpith Award?
A. Jnanpith Award is given by the Indian Jnanpith
B. The first Jnanpith Award was given to Malayalam writer GS Kurup.
C. which was founded by Sahu Shanti Prasad Jain.
D. An amount of Rs 14 lakh is awarded as a prize.
5. PM Narendra Modi recently pledged $400 million line of credit to which nation to strengthen its economy?
A. Sri Lanka
6. BSF Raising Day is observed on _____.
A. 24 November
B. 1 December
C. 26 November
D. 27 November
7. The 1st Intl. Conference on “Landslides Risk Reduction and Resilience” was launched by_____.
A. Smriti Irani
B. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank
C. Kishan Reddy
8. Who was felicitated with the International Press Freedom Award 2019?
D. Neha Dixit
9. Which state recently banned tobacco products?
A. Government of Assam
B. Government of Maharashtra
C. Government of Jharkhand
D. Government of Rajasthan
10. How many long did the cabinet extend the FASTag deadline?
A. 14 December
B. 15 December
C. 16 December
D. 17 December
11. Consider the following statements related to FASTag:
1. FASTag deadline extended to December 15.
2. FASTag is an electronic toll collection system, operated by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).
3. Rediam-frequency identification technology is being used for FASTag.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
A. 1 and 2 are correct
B. 1 and 3 are correct
C. 2 and 3 are correct
D. All of the above
12. Consider the following statements:
1. IVF & Fertility Centre at ESIC PGIMSL College & Hospital Inaugurated.
2. The ESI Act applies to premises/precincts where 10 or more persons are employed.
Which of the above statement/statements are correct?
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both 1 and 2
D. Neither 1 nor 2
13. Consider the following statements:
1. CCI approves acquisition by Amazon.com in Future Coupons.
2. Competition Commission of India It was established on 14 October 2003.
14. Consider the following statements:
1. The Eight Core Industries comprise 40.27 per cent of the weight of items included in the Index of Industrial Production (IIP).
2. Coal production (weight: 10.33per cent)declinedby 17.6 per cent in October,2019 over October,2018.
3. The Natural Gas production (weight: 6.88per cent) declinedby5.7 per cent in October,2019 over October,2018.
15. Consider the following statements related:
1. Shri Hari Mohan takes over as Chairman, Ordnance Factory Board.
2. He was also awarded the ‘Ayudh Ratna’ award in 2018 for his services at the HVF.
3. He holds an PHD in Public Administration.
Answer: 1) A
Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ has launched the portal (kartavya.ugc.ac.in) for holding monthly essay competitions for students. The portal was launched as part of yearlong ‘Nagrik Kartavya Paalan Abhiyan’ being observed throughout the country. Mr. ‘Ni shank’ also launched three books which are a collection of stories for Children namely Kumbh, Garam Pahad and Dilli ki Bulbul (Sindhi edition) in New Delhi. Books has been authored by a popular writer of children’s books and travelogues Dr Anita Bhatnagar Jain (IAS-1985 batch). The three books are a collection of stories for children and have brought out environmental issues and topics like socio-cultural unity& cultural heritage in a very simple and interesting manner. The Department of Higher Education under HRD Ministry will be holding 11 rounds of National Essay Competitions during the year. The topics of the essay will be based on one Fundamental Duty every month.
Answer: 2) B
Shipping Ministry gave approval for the development of Loktak Inland Waterways improvement project in Manipur under the central sector scheme. The estimated cost of the project is over 25 crore rupees. The Loktak Lake is the largest fresh-water lake in Northeast located at Moirang in Manipur.
Answer: 3) C
A world-renowned rock climber Brad Gobright fell to his death while climbing a sheer rock face in northern Mexico. Witnesses said the men had finished climbing the 900-meter (2,300-foot) summit and were rappelling back down when the accident occurred.US national Gobright (31-years) and fellow American Aidan Jacobson (26-years) were climbing a route known as the Shining Path in the northern state of Nuevo Leon. The late rock climber was known for his gravity-defying solo ascents with no ropes.
Answer: 4) D
Malayalam poet Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri has been chosen for the 55th Jnanpith Award (2019).
Answer: 5) A
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a $400 million line of credit to Sri Lanka to help the nation in strengthening its economy. PM Modi made the announcement while delivering a joint statement with visiting Sri Lankan President, Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The newly-appointed Sri Lankan President is on a three-day visit to India
Answer: 6) B
December 1 is celebrated every year as Border Security Force Establishment Day. BSF was established on 1 December 1965. The motto of BSF is “lively till duty”. The annual budget of BSF is about 17,118 crores.
The Border Security Force (BSF)
Answer: 7) C
G Kishan Reddy (Minister of State for Home Affairs) has inaugurated the 1st International Conference on “Landslides Risk Reduction and Resilience” in New Delhi. According to Mr Reddy, landslides have attracted global attention as they may cause huge havoc on communities, livestock, environment leading to huge loss of lives. He expressed hope that deliberations in this conference will go a long way in finding long term solutions to natural disasters.
Answer: 8) D
Indian journalist Neha Dixit is one of several recipients of the 2019 International Press Freedom Awards. Ms. Dixit is a Delhi-based journalist who reports on politics, social justice and gender in South Asia. The award is presented by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a non-profit organization whose aim is to enable journalists to work without the fear of reprisal. Dixit received the award for her reports on sex trafficking scandals in India by Investigative reporter in Miami Herald, Julie k.Brown.
Answer: 9) A
The Assam government has prohibited manufacture and sale of gutkha, pan masala or any others chewing material in the state. According to Food Safety commissioner, manufacture, storage, sale, display and transportation of any products containing tobacco or nicotine are banned in the state for one year.
Answer: 10) B
Union Government has extended the date for making FASTag mandatory for toll payments on National Highways to 15th December 2019. Earlier, The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways had announced that from 1st of December, toll payments on highways would be accepted through FASTags only. The Ministry in a statement said that it has been found that many citizens have still not enabled their vehicles with FASTag due to various reasons. The Ministry also said NHAI FASTag will continue to be provided free of cost till 15th December.
National Highways Authority of India
Answer: 11) A
Union Government has extended the date for making FASTag mandatory for toll payments on National Highways to 15th December 2019. Earlier, The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways had announced that from 1st of December, toll payments on highways would be accepted through FASTags only. The Ministry in a statement said that it has been found that many citizens have still not enabled their vehicles with FASTag due to various reasons.
The Ministry also said NHAI FASTag will continue to be provided free of cost till 15th December.
What is FASTag?
Features of FASTag
Radio-Frequency Identification Technology (RFID)
Answer: 12) B
In-vitro Fertilization (IVF) & Fertility Centre at ESIC PGIMSR & Hospital, Basaidarapur, New Delhi was inaugurated by DG, ESIC Shri Raj Kumar.
IVF is a complex series of procedures used to help with fertility or prevent genetic problems and assist with the conception of a child. ESIC PGIMSR, Basaidarapur, New Delhi under the aegis of Ministry of Labour & Employment, is the first Institute to provide IVF services to its beneficiaries in Delhi-NCR region. The centre strictly follows ICMR guidelines and will provide quality treatment and value based services to the Insured Persons (IPs).
The other dignitaries to grace the occasion were Dr. R. K. Kataria, Medical Commissioner, Dr. P. L. Chaudhari, Medical Commissioner, Dr. Subhajeet Dey, Dean, ESIC PGIMSR College & Hospital, Basaidarapur, Dr. Deepak Kumar Sharma, Medical Superintendent, Dr. Sangeeta Gupta, H.O.D (Obstetrics and Gynaecology) and Dr. Leena Wadhwa, Incharge (IVF).
ESI Scheme in India
Answer: 13) C
The Competition Commission of India (CCI) approves the acquisition by Amazon.com NV Investment Holdings LLC (“Acquirer”) in Future Coupons (Private) Limited (“FCL/Target”), under Section 31(1) of the Competition Act, 2002, .The proposed combination pertains to the acquisition by the Acquirer of approximately 49% of the voting and non-voting equity shares of the Target (“Proposed Combination”). The Proposed Combination consists of certain other constituent steps involving FCL, Future Corporate Resources Private Limited (“FCRPL”), and Future Retail Limited (“FRL”).
The Acquirer is globally engaged in the business of making investments in other companies. It is a direct subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc. (“ACI”) and belongs to the Amazon group. ACI is the ultimate parent entity of the Amazon group. FCRPL is engaged in business of management consultancy services and trading in goods and services and also has investments in various Future Group of companies. FCL is principally engaged in marketing and distribution of corporate gift cards, loyalty cards and reward cards to corporate customers. FRL (and its subsidiaries) are active in the Indian retail market and currently operate multiple retail formats in hypermarkets, supermarkets and convenience stores under various brand names.A detailed order of the CCI will follow.
Competition Commission of India
Answer: 14) D
The summary of the Index of Eight Core Industries (base: 2011-12) is given at the Annexure. The Eight Core Industries comprise 40.27 per cent of the weight of items included in the Index of Industrial Production (IIP). The combined Index of Eight Core Industries stood at 127.0 in October, 2019, which declinedby 5.8per centas compared to the index of October,2018. Its cumulative growth during April to October,2019-20was 0.2per cent.
Answer: 15) A
Shri Hari Mohan has taken over the charge as Chairman, Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) w.e.f. December 01, 2019 from Shri Saurabh Kumar who superannuated from the services. A 1982-batch Indian Ordnance Factories’ Service (I.O.F.S.) officer with Post Graduate Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Shri Hari Mohan had been a topper of University of Allahabad & University of Pune while obtaining his Bachelor & Masters in Mechanical Engineering. He holds an M. Phil in Public Administration.
Shri Hari Mohan has held various senior positions as General Manager, Dehu Road (Pune, Senior General Manager, Heavy Vehicles Factory, Avadi (HVF, Chennai). He was also awarded the ‘Ayudh Ratna’ award in 2018 for his services at the HVF. Before taking over as DGOF and Chairman, he was holding charge as Member of the OFB and was in charge of the Weapons, Vehicles and Equipment (WV&E) division of the OFB.
In a career spanning 39 years, Shri Hari Mohan has contributed significantly in various positions in Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) Hardwar, Vehicle Factory Jabalpur, Engine Factory Avadi, Heavy Vehicle Factory Avadi, Ammunition Factory Khadki, Ordnance Factory Bolangir, Ordnance Factory Chanda, Ordnance Factory Dehu Road, OFB New Delhi Office and Ministry of Steel & Mines.
The I.O.F.S. officer has a versatile experience in the field of manufacture of Armoured Vehicles, Artillery, Tank and Ammunition, Small Arms Ammunition, Projects Management and Corporate Governance, among other areas. He has made significant contributions in improving the production of Armoured Fighting Vehicles like Ajeya Tanks, MBT Arjun, Bridge Layer and Trawls Tanks. He has also made significant contribution to the modernisation of steel plants of the Steel Authority of India limited (SAIL) during his tenure in Ministry of Steel & Mines.
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